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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-06-2012, 05:34 PM
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Mein Auto: 2001 530i (E39) 140k
Just got the ABS sensor repaired.
Also did O2 sensors. Both at 120k.

Next up, fuel filter!
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:16 PM
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Mein Auto: 528i
1 new radiator
2 new abs module
3 got hit behind drivers side rear door
4 snow tires on my old rims
5 removed all cup holders
6 installed led lights underneath the outside door handle
7 oil change
8 replaced 99% of all lights with led

soonish....
1 sway bars front and rear
2 m5 style mirrors
3 exhaust
4 suspension
5 possibly get CAI
6 sports ecu
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:18 PM
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:51 PM
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Mein Auto: 03 530i MS
Since aquiring my 530 a few months ago @122k km:

Thermostat, waterpump, oil filter housing gasket, VCG, power steer hose clamps, general service - NZ$1300.
Fixed right rear door vapour barrier - $0.
Replaced right front underskirt thingy (with temp sensor in it) - $330.
Replaced cabin filters - $110. Solved "gym sock pong" with mould killer $15.
Experimented with LED AE's - looked stupid... $70. Reverted to stock halo's.
Adjusted park brake - as good as it will get... $0.
Euro shaped plates - a huge rip off...

The ABS module had just been replaced by previous owner, as had the tyres and spark plugs.

To do:

Transmission fluid replace. (no issues though)
Repaint of front end, polish headlights.
Check out suspension components (no issues though)
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:13 PM
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:24 PM
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:32 PM
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Mein Auto: 1997 528
In the past few months:
1) Replaced CCV and hoses.
2) Replaced plugs.
3) A/C Final Stage Resistor (twice)
4) Replaced blower motor (discovered initial FSR was defective - motor still good).
5) Replaced flex disc.
6) Replaced Front brake pads and rotors.
7) Replaced ignition coil & new plugs.
8) Replaced Cam Shaft Position Sensor.
9) Oil & Filter Change.
10) Transmission Filter & Fluid w/ pan gasket.
11) Replaced broken drivers side outside door handle.
12) Replaced driver door window regulator - broke again.
13) Repaired trunk lid latch.
14) Repaired frayed wires at trunk lid.
15) Repaired leaky power steering hoses & cleaned PS reservoir.
16) Replaced leaky air pump hose.
17) Replaced serpentine belt & broken tensioner.

Need to do:
1) Repair sunroof.
2) Get new tires.
3) Air pump replacement (whines in the AM)
4) Fix broken switch to driver's side seat.
5) Fix both driver's side window regulators (need to replace gear in motor this time).
6) Would like to fix dent in hood and rear passenger door.
7) Go through suspension and repair as necessary.
8) Find source of leak near rear gear box and repair.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:37 PM
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Oh yeah. I also replaced the fuel filter and the front cup holder.

Add to needs list:
9) decent floor mats.
10) replace rear A/C vent & cup holder.
11) fix windshield wipers (come to rest in middle of windshield).
12) replace front windshield rubber trim (looks like crap).
13) get a replacement center cap that is missing. If you took mine, please return it no questions asked...:-)
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:14 PM
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Since August 2010 I've had the tranny rebuilt, installed new shocks and replaced the windshield wiper cowl. I still have a plethora of items to tend to.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:38 PM
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'03 525iT 130K miles

Installed 6 NGK 3199 spark plugs. Easy to do thanks to all the info here.
Replaced one high beam bulb (H7)
Added a quart of Mobil 1.

Still need to do:
Change ignition coil(s) if misfires continue.
Check fuel filter...
Change thermostat
Diagnosis why DSC light is always on.
Constantly check on radiator. So far so good.
Change out cracked windshield
Repair tailgate struts, 2x4 is working fine though.
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:22 PM
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More done

Repaired rh side rear window drive,easy but a bit of time involved.
Adjusted lh side door handle,new cable on order.
To do;
Fuel tank level sensor (this will be third time)
Get A/C tested @ friends company
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:42 PM
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:50 PM
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Mein Auto: 2001 530i (E39) 140k
Today:
Replaced MAF sensor ($150)
Replaced Hood Emblem ($30)
Replaced Wipers ($35)
Replaced Power Steering Reservoir O-ring ($1.50)
Put on snow tires! ($400 used OEM wheels, $200 used snow tires, $42 mounting)

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:14 PM
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Mein Auto: 2000 BMW 528i
I would die without my car for 9 weeks -_-

Stuff I've done
-New waterpump
-0w30 Oilchange w/oem filter
-New NGK Platinum x6
-New Bremi Sparkplug connector boots x6
-New Upper / Lower Intake boots
-Cleaned MAF

Stuff I need to do...
-VANOS via Dr. Vanos
-Bilstien shocks / struts
-Change Fuel Filter (any suggestions as to good brands??? was thinking Mahle but dont know if it's any good...)
-Dremel surface rust away, repaint with code 354 titanium silver
-Oil spray (the snow's a comin gents)
-Swap to winter tires
-New hingless wiper blades....
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:22 PM
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Spent a bit lately ,some work done by myself but most done by a local Hungarian guy (good man) and he has a hoist;

Middle control arms rear suspension,
Front disk pads and sensor,
New front engine belt (the long one) and idler,
Front swaybar links,
Front cup holder,
interior door handle,
2 x rear tyres 235/45/17
Relacement intank pump and level sensor.

To do:
Oil filter change
Fix lh side front seat surround plastic trim (again)

This is the first real expediture on the car @ around 246,000kms so I'am pretty happy with it .
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:52 PM
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Mein Auto: 2003 530i
in the past couple of weeks...

MID pixels repaired
new windshield and weather trim
rear hd bilsteins
fabric glue on interior pillars that were sagging
canceled transmission drain at 170k hopefully i can just rebuild it correctly one day

considering removing tints and installing ddm HID fog lights. Wheel bearings, ccv and front meyle hd sway bar links on deck.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:09 PM
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Mein Auto: 1997 528i
Bosch plat 4 plugs
OS11 sensor
Hood Bowden cable
Center brake light
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:23 PM
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yellow fog light housings installed and took off HID kit. i had yellow lamin-x on my old housings but didn't like the look since you could still see some of the clear on the edges. as for the removal of HID...i could never get 3000k bulbs to look quite right (morimoto 3000k bulbs looked too green even with yellow film), it was interfering with my ambient temperature sensor somehow, and i keep reading about how HID fog lights actually make visibility in heavy fog WORSE. plus i don't like blinding other drivers. the new fogs look AWESOME and i'm just using the regular bulbs that came with them. no need to put in my yellow nokyas

edit: forgot to mention i have a leaking heater hose on the passenger side near the firewall, luckily it only leaks when the heater is on since my control valve is fine. and the day after that happened, my hood release cable broke. excellent timing. today i took the handle off and took apart my lower dash, but the cable was so messed up i couldn't pull it with pliers. then i tried the method through the kidney grill and the junction box is so dried up i couldn't get it to budge. i don't have a new cable yet so i'll wait for that to come in and then replace it. then i'll lube everything up so nothing else brakes. so guys...KEEP YOUR HOOD RELEASE CABLE LUBED PROPERLY
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:46 PM
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Mein Auto: e39 540i , E36 328i
I did the Mtech front and rear bumper upgrade. With AC SHCNITZER rear roof wing, M5 rear spoiler, AC Schnitzer front spoilers, Sink drain front air scoops, AE's (and had to make my own wiring) . Even managed to paint the roof top gloss black. Next up is to start cutting up my trunk.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:47 PM
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:24 PM
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Mein Auto: 2001 540I/6 Sport
2001 540I/6 M-Sport
95K Miles

10/2012:
Valley Pan Job
Rear Intake Manifold
Front Intake Gasket
Replaced Air Filter

This Weekend:
Replace Spark Plugs; It already had NGK 3199 but they were all burnt. Replacing with NGK 3199.
Valve Cover Cover Gasket (probably just do Bank 2);
Diagnose cause of idle fluctuation (build smoke machine).

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Old 11-09-2012, 06:01 AM
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Mein Auto: 2002 525it
I got my touring last month and I've done a lot so far, but still have a lot to do.

Done:
radiator
water pump
expansion tank, cap, and brass bleeder screw from OEMbimmerparts
upper & lower rad hoses with temp sensor
valve cover gasket
oil filter housing gasket
fuel filter
BMW all-weather mats
replaced broken cupholder, will not use it, but I hate broken things
differential oil
engine oil & filter
air filter
cabin air filters
attempted alignment (one front tie rod seized)
replaced cargo are battery hatch (originally one had broken latch)
removed 17" Style 5 wheels, replaced with 16" Style 82
replaced passenger seatbelt tensioner (airbag light)
secondary air pump valve and vacuum line replaced (CEL)
both front door seals
reprogrammed car-key memory for DRLs and drive-away locking

Still to do:
front suspension rebuild (control arms, thrust arms, tie rods, end links - fine for now, but grease boots are split open)
rear subframe bushings
crankcase vent valve and hoses
VANOS rebuild (although I think it's OK for now)
DISA rebuild
angel eye LED bulbs (just the bulbs, not the whole ring)
tires
retrofit heated steering wheel (maybe for next winter - more pressing issues right now)
lower engine shield and front fender liners (cracked, but functional for now)
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:46 PM
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Mein Auto: 540i/6 E39
Done:
Oil change - 0W40 Mobil 1
New intake filter - AFE oiled
Cleaned MAF - CRC MAF Spray
Added rear decklid spoiler
Brake fluid change
NEW KEY - YAY!

Dusted it off today since I won't be taking it out of the garage. DAMN YOU SNOW!

Ordered new AE LED bulbs
Future jobs:
Cut scuba tanks, replace with downturn.
Front thrust arm bushings
valve cover gaskets and seal washers
camshaft solenoid gasket
M62TU VANOS seal rebuild from Beisan Systems
Timing chain guide replacement.
Valley pan gasket replacement.
M-Tech bumper conversions
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:51 PM
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I "Glossified" the kidney grills. They were already flat black, but in order to utilize Plast-Dip's Glossifier, you need to have a base consisting of something Plasti-Dip'd. After five or six coats of the Glossfier though, I wasn't getting the glossy look I wanted so I let it dry overnight and this morning added a couple of coats of Duplicolor clear coat on top of the Glossifier layers. The end result is pleasing:




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Old 11-10-2012, 05:34 AM
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Mein Auto: 2000 540i/6
2000 540/6 with 130,000 on the clock.

Past Month
1. New Radiator with fresh fluid
2. Both belts replaced (removed belts in trunk for backup)
3. New gas cap
4. 3M Headlight Restoration Kit
5. Clean Oil

Past 4 Month
1. New tire (90 mph blowout!)
2. Sway bars
3. Control arms
4. Really just the entire front end, had my indie do it
5. New shift knob

Need to Do ASAP!
1. VCG/VANOS (smell oil burn daily!)
2. 4 new tires all around (235/255)
3. Fix interior trim pieces
4. Rear bumper re-paint
5. Alignment
6. Rear window regulators
7. Spark Plugs
8. Tranny fluid flush
9. I am sure there is more!

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